QUARTER FINAL 2 - MATCH 42 (ECS21.429) PSV HANN-MUNDEN (PSV) v SG HAMELN (SGH) 0900 GMT | 1100 CET | 1430 IST
PSV Last Five Matches: W L W W W (Avg Score For 110, Avg Score Against 93)
SGH Last Five Matches: W W W W L (Avg Score For 92, Avg Score Against 75)
PSV HANN-MUNDEN (PSV)
Captain: Gulraiz Mustafa
Wicketkeeper: Sajed Jabarkhel
Projected Top Four: Gulraiz Mustafa, Imran Hafiz, Adeel Ahmad, Awalkhan Safi
Projected Opening Bowlers: Amin Zadran, Awalkhan Safi
Spin Options: Gulraiz Mustafa, Vinod Joshi, Hiren Patel
PSV HANN-MUNDEN Key Players:
Adeel Ahmad is an explosive hitter, has mustered 231 runs at a strike rate of 257 and is the second highest run scorer in the tournament. A man in form, he plundered 139 runs in three games on Thursday, bagging two man of the match awards in the process.
Amin Zadran, tidy all-rounder who consistently makes an impact with bat and ball. Bagged man of the match award on Wednesday for his all-round performance picking up 3-7 and scoring a quickfire 6-ball 14 against VFB. He is the leading wicket taker with 11 scalps from eight matches.
Awalkhan Safi , talented all-rounder, has been consistent with the ball and is among wickets more often than not, has taken eight wickets so far and scores at an SR of 212.
Imran Hafiz, the hard hitting opening batsman has been in good form of late, has racked up 115 runs from eight matches and could be the man to watch out for in the absence of fellow opener Asad Sangari.
SG HAMELN (SGH)
Captain: Thusitha Ratnayake
Wicketkeeper: Thusitha Ratnayake
Projected Top Four: Safi Rahman, Akila Rajapakshe, Mudassar Iqbal, Rizwan Babar
Projected Opening Bowlers: Ankit Tomar, Mudassar Iqbal
Spin Options: Muneeb Mohammad, Romal Barakzai
SG HAMELN Key Players:
Rizwan Babar, all-rounder, has been impressive with both bat and ball, racking up 51 runs from four innings, tops the wicket taking sheets for SGH picking up nine wickets at an economy of seven.
Akila Rajapakshe, left handed opener smashed an unbeaten 49 off 27 balls to take his side to a first ever ECS victory. He is the second highest run scorer for SGH with a total of 106 runs from six innings and has bagged two man of the match awards.
Mudassar Iqbal, all-rounder, top order batsman who likes to hit the ball hard, leading run scorer for SGH with 111 runs to his name, takes the new cherry and will hope to provide early breakthroughs, has scalped six wickets so far with a best return of 2-19.
Thusitha Ratnayake, captain, a capable middle order batsman who can bowl with great zeal when he is not keeping wicket, returned man of the match figures of 3-10 against MTSV.
PSV Hann-Munden enjoyed an outstanding day yesterday, winning all three matches to finish second in Group B. SC Hameln will have to travel over 300km for the knockout stages and will probably be very ring-rusty after a week’s break from the action.
That said, both these teams have been in good form, winning four of their last five games, and this encounter could well prove to be a box-office thriller.
Match Prediction: PSV Hann-Munden (PSV) to carry on their serene progress with their fourth straight win.
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